17 December 2014


Well here we are rolling down to the end of another 52 project. And yes the majority of the pictures were snapped on my iphone but I still love the premise behind capturing one moment every week of the year. It truly is a simple way to concretely view the passage of time. Here's to trying to keep it up in the coming year!

I love the sweet snuggles during our evening book reading and selfishly I love that Oliver loves my koala bear as much as I did when I was a kid. She really does give the best poly-filled hugs.

We had Oliver's 4 year wellness check. He is 70th percentile for height and 50th for weight. Skinny minnie. He does amazingly well at the doctor's office. He is always curious and flirtatious with the nurse (cheeky man). He also got three shots and rather than look away or look at me, he watched the entire process; from swab to poke to band-aid. And not a tear was shed. He is pretty amazing. 

Oliver also had his ears checked. He kept wanting to look at the nurse to give his answer (he's a flirt, I told you) but he was suppose to raise his hand so it took a couple extra minutes.  

pressies! he was a master at ripping into the gifts this year whereas in the past he wanted help. no help needed. I am seeing a whirlwind Christmas present opening in about a week. 

new toys. lucky boy. 

16 December 2014

it's a...

baby! That's right, we are expanding our family to four this coming May. We waited until after Oliver's birthday to fill him into the news, although I was surprised with my growing bump he did not figure it out a bit earlier.  We are very excited so excuse my non-smiley face...an iphone self timer is a bit tricky when balanced on duct tape and boxes for holiday shipping. 

A Birthday Celebration

Last Friday we had a fun, simple birthday party with friends from the neighborhood. Everyone came over for movie and cake (made by yours truly) and decorated with Airhead candy, rolled out and cut with a sharp knife (thank you Pinterest).  

Matt brought home a projector from work and we played the movie, Cars while the kiddos sat on pillows and munched on popcorn. 

then it was time for cake! Always a highlight for little people! I love seeing all the small faces light up with anticipation for a sugar high.  

I mean really with the cuteness! Oliver has a fabulous group of friends. 

make a wish my bug!

happiest of birthdays, my love. 

14 December 2014

9 years.

Everything you want is on the other side of fear. -George Addair 

A day for me that must be marked. Every year it stills makes my heart ache but I also get to look around and see a whole lot of love and joy. And that always make the ache just a little bit less. Miss you Daddy. 

12 December 2014

sweet tradition

One of my favourite aspects of the holiday season are the traditions that I get to carry on with Oliver. A very happy day near the holidays in my house growing up was when a rather crumpled package would arrive smelling of sugar and butter. Inside was a plastic bag filled to the brim with sugar cookies, Stubby's sugar cookies.  Stubby was a close family friend and to this day I do not know how one person could crank out as many sugar cookies as she did, but I am very thankful that she devoted that time each holiday season. We would tear into the bag and pick out a favourite shape; a reindeer, or a christmas tree, or a star, each one impossibly thin and tastefully decorated with sugar sprinkles. We would munch on them after dinner, come home from school and sneak one before homework and of course they were displayed with care for Santa and always on a plate while we opened stockings and gifts the following morning. Quite simply the humble sugar cookie is a sweet reminder to me of happy childhood holiday seasons. 

So a few days ago Oliver and I set out to make a batch of sweet sugar cookies. Now I did not labor over creating the most perfect sugar cookie dough but it was still a joy to get into the kitchen with Oliver and make our own sweet smelling sugar cookies. 
all rolled out and ready to cut out...dinosaurs?! Eh, whatever works, right? Festive holiday dinosaurs. 

that's a bit more festive!

and then Oliver found out that the cookies had to bake in the oven. it clearly was a crushing moment. 

all baked, cooling as waiting for icing and sprinkles. (Stubby never put icing on her cookies but I had to indulge a four year old's desire).  


focused sprinkle application. 

tada! all done. Oliver was very proud of his encrusted creations. 

10 December 2014

FOUR (49/52)

Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventure!
~Henry David Thoreau

Happy FOURTH Birthday to my bug, my boy, my love!

I cannot believe four years ago today we welcomed you into the world and into our family. You are such a curious, kind-hearted, and energetic boy. I love watching you grow and embrace your new school this year. One of my favourite things to watch is how you play with your friends both new and old. You know how to be a rambunctious bug but then you can turn and be the most soft, empathetic soul to help a friend in need. 

We love you very much and we are so excited for many more adventures down the road.

09 December 2014

Taste it: Bagelsaurus

We are lucky to live in an area of Cambridge with a bundle of lovely places to eat but as of late there has been delightful explosion of yummy new spots. Case and point the cheeky named Bagelsaurus. Anyone who lives in New England knows and appreciates the power of the New York City Bagel. They are always tasty and I concede that yes, there is something in the water that just makes them chewy, flavorful and god help you if you get a warm NY bagel, delicious. So with that being said Boston has yummy pastry shops and the best darn clam chowder but bagels have always just been ok. Until now! Oh my goodness, Bagelsaurus boils and bakes all of their bagels on site and serves them straight from the kitchen. They are simple and perfectly executed. I am a sucker for an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese and Bagelsaurus hits it out of the park.  So huzzah, now you do not have to wait and yearn for a New York City bagel you can head on over to Porter Square and fulfill your every bagel desire. 

Easy peasy location, right off of Mass Ave. in Porter Sq. 

yum! my favourite bagel! with veggie cream cheese. 

cheerful staff and clean, simple design. 

simple and tasty menu. all of the best varieties with spreads and a few sinful sandwich combos.